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Group E: Team-by-Team Previews

Cameroon has become the toast of African soccer, winning back-to-back African Nations Cups and the 2000 Olympic gold medal ... Germany struggled at times in qualifying, but are still led by one of the world top goalkeepers (Oliver Kahn) and boast one of the world's rising stars (Michael Ballack) ... Ireland must overcome the shocking dismissal of Roy Keane, who provided offense, defense and leadership ... Saudi Arabia possess a potent offense (43 goals in qualifying), but face a tough test to get to the second round.  

FIFA Ranking:
18th (tied)
2002 World Cup qualifying: Won Africa “Group 1” (6-1-1; 14 GF, 4 GA)
World Cup final appearances: 5 – 1982 (17th), 1990 (7th), 1994 (22nd), 1998 (25th), 2002
Overall Record in WC: 3-5-6
Manager: Robert Corfu (FRA)
Championship Honors: 2000 Olympic champions; 1984, 1988 & 2000 African Nations Cup champions

Fast Facts: Making their fourth consecutive appearance in a World Cup and the most overall by any African nation (five). … Are the only African nation to advance to the tournament quarterfinals, doing so in Italy in 1990. … Roster includes many of the U-23 stars that won the 2000 Olympic Soccer Tournament in Australia.

Roster (first name, LAST NAME)
1-Boukar ALIOUM, 2-Bill TCHATO, 3-Pierre WOME, 4-Rigobert SONG, 5-Raymond KALLA, 6-Pierre NJANKA, 7-Joseph NDO, 8-Geremi NJITAP, 9-Samuel ETOO, 10-Patrick MBOMA, 11-Pius NDIEFI, 12-Lauren ETAME MAYER, 13-Lucien ETTOMO, 14-Joel EPALLE, 15-Nicolas  ALNOUDJI, 16-Jacques SONGOO, 17-Marc-Vivien FOE, 18-Patrick SUFFO, 19-Eric DJEMBA DJEMBA, 20-Salomon OLEMBE, 21-Joseph-Desire JOB, 22-Idriss KAMENI, 23-Daniel NGOM KOME

FIFA Ranking:
2002 World Cup qualifying: Finished second in UEFA “Group 9” (5-1-2; 14 GF, 10 GA); defeated Ukraine in home-and-home playoff 5-2 on aggregate score.
World Cup final appearances: 15 – 1934 (3rd), 1938 (10th), 1954 (1st), 1958 (4th), 1962 (7th), 1966 (2nd), 1970 (3rd), 1974 (1st), 1978 (6th), 1982 (2nd), 1986 (2nd), 1990 (1st), 1994 (5th), 1998 (7th), 2002
Overall Record in WC: 45-16-17
Manager: Rudi Voller (GER)
Championship Honors: 1954, 1974 & 1990 World Cup champions; 1972, 1980 & 1996 European Cup champions

Fast Facts: Continued their perfect qualification record in 2002, qualifying for their 15th overall World Cup finals (second to Brazil’s 17 appearances). … Won three World Cups as West Germany, which is second to Brazil’s four titles. … Only country to make it to the championship game in three consecutive World Cups (doing so from 1982 to 1990).

Roster (first name, LAST NAME)
1-Oliver KAHN, 2-Thomas LINKE, 3-Marko REHMER, 4-Frank BAUMANN, 5-Carsten RAMELOW, 6-Christian ZIEGE, 7-Oliver NEUVILLE, 8-Dietmar HAMANN, 9-Carsten JANCKER, 10-Lars RICKEN, 11-Miroslav KLOSE, 12-Jens LEHMANN, 13-Michael BALLACK, 14-Gerald ASAMOAH, 15-Sebastian KEHL, 16-Jens JEREMIES, 17-Marco BODE, 18-Joerg BOEHME, 19-Bernd SCHNEIDER, 20-Oliver BIERHOFF, 21-Christoph METZELDER, 22-Torsten FRINGS, 23-Hans-Joerg BUTT

FIFA Ranking: 18th (tied)
2002 World Cup qualifying: Finished second in UEFA “Group 2” (7-0-3; 23 GF, 5 GA); defeated Iran in UEFA/Asian home-and-home playoff 2-1 on aggregate score.
World Cup final appearances: 3 – 1990 (9th), 1994 (16th), 2002 Overall Record in WC: 1-3-5
Manager: Mick McCarthy (IRE)

Fast Facts:  Went undefeated in Group 2 qualifying play, including two draws against Portugal and a 1-0 home win against Holland. … Surprisingly, are making just their third World Cup appearance.

Roster (first name, LAST NAME)
1-Shay GIVEN, 2-Steve FINNAN, 3-Ian HARTE, 4-Kenny CUNNINGHAM, 5-Steve STAUNTON, 6-Roy KEANE, 7-Jason MCATEER, 8-Matt HOLLAND, 9-Damien DUFF, 10-Robbie KEANE, 11-Kevin KILBANE, 12-Mark KINSELLA, 13-David CONNOLLY, 14-Gary BREEN, 15-Richard DUNNE, 16-Dean KIELY, 17-Niall QUINN, 18-Gary KELLY, 19-Clinton MORRISON, 20-Andy O'BRIEN, 21-Steven REID, 22- Lee CARSLEY, 23-Alan KELLY

Saudi Arabia
FIFA Ranking: 34th
2002 World Cup qualifying: Won Asia “Group 1” (5-1-2; 17 GF, 8 GA)
World Cup final appearances: 3 – 1994 (12th), 1998 (28th), 2002
Overall Record in WC: 2-4-1
Manager:  Nasser Al Johar  
Championship Honors: 1984, 1988 & 1996 Asian Cup champions

Fast Facts: One of the surprises of the 1994 World Cup in the U.S., they came in 12th place (the best finish for an Asian team in World Cup play since North Korea advanced to the quarterfinals in 1966). … Saudi Arabia scored 43 goals in their qualifying effort, the most of any qualifying nation.

Roster (first name, LAST NAME)
1-Mohammed AL DEAYEA, 2-Mohammed AL JAHANI, 3-Redha TUKAR, 4-Abdullah Sulaiman ZUBROMAWI, 5-Mohsin HARTHI, 6-Fouzi ALSHEHRI, 7-Ibrahim AL SHAHRANI, 8-Mohammed NOOR, 9-Sami AL JABER, 10-Mohammad AL SHLHOUB, 11-Obeid AL DOSSARY, 12-Ahmed Dukhi AL DOSSARY, 13-Hussein SULIMANI, 14-Abdulaziz AL KHATHRAN, 15-Abdullah Jumaan AL DOSARY, 16-Khamis Alowairan AL DOSARI, 17-Abdullah Alwaked AL SHAHRANI, 18-Nawaf AL TEMYAT, 19-Omar AL GHAMDI, 20-Al Hassan AL YAMI, 21-Mabrouk ZAID, 22-Mohammed Khojali BABKR, 23-Mansour ALTHAGAFI